[Original in German]

There is always a cause for gratitude

On the way home from a Wednesday evening testimony meeting I thought back on the inspiring testimonies and quietly gave thanks for the glorious proofs of God's power and love expressed in them. I myself had not spoken that evening. Everything was going well for me; there were no problems in regard to health or human relationships. So what could I have said, what could I have given special thanks for?

Wait—I wasn't satisfied with this excuse. I pursued the point until I could see that it was simply impossible for me to be without a cause for gratitude, even for a day. Right when everything is going smoothly we can be thankful that mishaps have never happened—in the allness of God, they are unreal and untrue.

When we strive increasingly to express Truth and Love as we learn them in Christian Science, when we lift our consciousness more and more to the divine reality, then we see more and more evidence of the divine power operating quietly and irresistibly in us and transforming us to a "renewing of [our] mind, that [we] may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2; We notice that our approach has changed when, in the face of bad news or distressing circumstances, we know where to find the solution. We are not seized with fear and dread, but our hearts fill with compassionate love for our neighbors and supporting thoughts for those in need. We find ways to support, assist, and help carry the burden in practical, effective ways dictated by wisdom and generosity, and always as a result of prayer. That is really a contribution to the deliverance and liberation of all people from the dangers to which they feel exposed—an indirect contribution to world peace.

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The same old me?
January 2, 1978

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